Award-winning children's author of bestselling novels such as Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee. She is also known for her picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath.
She worked as an elementary school librarian when she tried to write her first children's book in 1987.
She was nominated for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
She was born to parents William and Ann Carter. She grew up with a brother and two sisters. She married Ralph DeFelice in 1974.
She has been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award.